FIRST ON THE BLOG: There have been some new newscasts in Central Alabama, as well as a recent move on WVTM.
First off, WVTM 13 has recently launched a half-hour weeknight newscast at 6:30 p.m. to replace their sports/talk show, Alabama TONIGHT. The new newscast, known as WVTM 13 News at 6:30, is the ONLY local newscast on at that time and creates the area’s first hour-long 6:00 p.m. weeknight newscast.
Up next, WVTM 13 also moved the hour-long 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning newscast to 9:00 a.m. and is also the ONLY local newscast on at that time in the market and it creates a 2-hour block between 8:00-10:00 a.m. after the Sunday Today Show and it moves Meet The Press to 10:00 a.m. All morning newscasts have dropped the Today in Alabama name, thanks to Hearst ownership and are just referred to WVTM 13 News.
Finally, WIAT 42 has added a weekend morning newscast for the very first time. Wake Up Alabama, the same name as the weekday morning newscast, is now on Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00-7:00 a.m. This new newscast competes against the 5:00 a.m. hour on WVTM 13 on both weekend days and the 6:00 a.m. hour on WBRC 6 (the #1 market leader) on both weekend days, as well as the 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning hour on WVTM 13.
So there you go Central Alabama, more local news in more times. Enjoy!